Apartheid in mines:Carroll

Johannesburg – Violence witnessed in the mining sector this year stems from apartheid, outgoing Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll said on Tuesday.


“The violence we have seen in the mining sector this year has its seeds in the legacy of apartheid and the underlying social problems that remain,” she said during a discussion at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg.


“The curse of unemployment means that mine workers often have many other people who are economically dependent on them.”


Carroll said the history of the migrant labour system loosened the bonds of family life and dislocated communities.


“The brutalisation of human relationships that occurred under apartheid… all of these factors can be seen in the turmoil and tragedy we have experienced this year.”


Carroll said whatever the challenges the country faced, there were “truths” which had to be faced.


The first was that there was no future for any society without law and order.


“Public order is the bedrock without which civilisation collapses. This year we have seen violence and unrest across the mining industry and in several other sectors.”


Another truth the nation had to face was that anarchy in the workplace benefited no one.


Businesses that could not generate adequate returns ultimately collapsed and died.


“It is the responsibility of management, not just to shareholders, but also to employees, to ensure that companies remain economically competitive.”


The maintenance of law and order and the restoration of stable labour relations were critical to perceptions of South Africa as a place to do business.


“They (international investors) will make their judgements on the basis of the reality they can see.”


She said the mining sector was at the heart of the South African economy, generating 18.7 percent of the country’s GDP and directly employing 13.5 million people.


“It (mining) has a critical role to play in supporting the aspirations of the New Growth Path and the objectives of the National Development Plan.”


Carroll said discussions on the regulation of the mining sector had been going on for a long time.


“The spectre of nationalisation has been laid to rest. But the need to guard against damaging regulatory changes remains.” – Sapa


Pitso Mosimane: I am ready for the challenge

Mamelodi Sundowns new coach, Pitso Mosimane held his first press conference just a few hours after the club announced him as a replacement for Johan Neeskens. gives you some of Pitso’s first words as Sundowns coach.

On accepting the job

“I believe that I am the right person for the job, I strongly believe that given time we can turn things around and put the team back where it belongs.

“I was approached several times but the timing was always not right and I therefore turned them down.

“Sundowns approached me again and told me about the situation. I feel this is the right time for me to come back because I could not stay away from football any longer.”

The challenge ahead

“We need to Stabilise, get to a better position first and then we can talk. We need to be realistic. We will take it one step at a time and then we will start talking about winning trophies.

“I have only been here for half a day and I am doing my best to get the players ready for the match against Free State Stars.”

“I need the fans to rally behind us, I need them to be realistic and understand the position we are in. We are in a difficult position and I really need them to come in their numbers.”

Regarding his contract

“I only worry about my job because a contract is just a piece of paper. Sometimes you have a long contract and they fire you before it ends but sometimes you don’t have a contract and you stay longer.”

Reunion with most players and Mphela’s greatness

“I have worked with many Sundowns players during my time at SuperSport and with the National side. It had no influence in me coming here nor will it influence my decision making while I am here.

“Killer (Mphela) is a great player, I had a one on one with him and he told me that he is ready to play. He has not kicked a ball in a while and there is no need to rush him but we all know that he is a special player.

“He will always score for you, whether he has a bad game or not. He is just special and I am hoping that he will recover soon.”


Farmworkers await wage feedback

Thousands of farm workers in the Western Cape are expected to be given feedback on the progress of wage negotiations today. Various labour unions engaged with employers and farm representatives trying to negotiate a better wage offer for the farm workers over the past two weeks.

Building and Allied Workers Union of South Africa spokesperson Nosey Pieterse says these talks have since collapsed without the parties reaching an agreement. The farm workers strike in the Western Cape was suspended two weeks ago.

Today is the deadline for their demand of a R150 a day minimum wage. Pieterse says they expect to get a fresh mandate from the workers.

“It is unfortunate that negotiations failed, Agri-SA walked away from the table and clearly indicates to us that they are not interested to talk anything related to wages and that they will only support the call of the minister that sectoral determination will change in April 2013,” he added.


Jub Jub sentencing postponed

Musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye is seen during the handing down of judgment in his and co-accused (front) Themba Tshabalala's murder trial at the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto, Wednesday, 10 October 2012. The two were allegedly drag-racing in Protea North in March 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Four boys were killed and two were seriously injured. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG – Sentencing in Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala’s case has now been postponed until next week.

In October, the pair was convicted of murder and attempted murder after crashing their Mini Coopers’ in Soweto over two years ago.

Four school pupils were killed and two others injured in the crash.

Jub Jub’s new lawyer requested the postponement.

He said he needed more time to compile his pre-sentencing report.

Family members of the victims were dressed in white shirts with ‘In memory of our children’ and the names of the victims printed on them.

The magistrate warned Jub Jub’s lawyer that he until Monday to prepare for the case.


Education key to development NWest stakeholders agree

The future prosperity and well- being of the North West Province and its residents depends on the efforts and the type of education we put in our children,stakeholders concurred at the North West Provincial Research Round-Table Discussion held in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

In summarising deliberations and inputs from delegates, Chairperson of the Planning Commission in the Office of the Premier for North West Province, Darkie Africa acknowledged the importance of skills development and education.

“We need to prioritise skills development and take education seriously to overcome the challenges of implementing our long term plans,” emphasized Africa.

The Roundtable, hosted in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Statistics South Africa was held under the theme, “fragile states and dilemma for long term planning”.

Africa said shortage of professionals, doctors, artisans and engineers to be specific was largely responsible for the country’s failure to achieve its past development plans.

Africa also cited that the education system must begin to produce graduates that are needed in our workforce.

“School institutions need to produce more graduates in scarce skills fields, we must not only produce graduates that are going to loiter at home,” he said

Dr David Monyai of DBSA advised delegates that South Africa could learn from other countries that have got the best education system such as South Korea.

“We cannot shy away from the fact that there are countries that have got the best education system that talks to the need of the workforce in their own countries.

The best education system in South Africa will make easy for the country to achieve most of its plans such as having more job opportunities, inequality, reduction of crime etc,” he said.

Dr William Gumede who made a presentation on delivering a democratic developmental state for South Africa also agreed with other presenters that education forms the most important part of the plan such as that of the 2030 national plan in the country.

“We all agree that the National Planning Commission have the best plan that can take the country forward.

The most important thing to do in implementing the long term plan is to priorities education and also makes sure that it supplies the workforce with the quality graduates,” he added.


Jilted Pattinson suffers in silence

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(File image) Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson has “nobody to talk to” about his relationship problems.

The ‘Twilight Saga’ star has moved out of the Los Angeles home he shared with Kristen Stewart following her admission she cheated on him with married director Rupert Sanders and has reportedly left friends worried by sharing his woes with fellow guests at the hotel where he is temporarily staying.

One friend told The Sun newspaper: “Robert has resorted to asking strangers out to keep him company. He went out for drinks with a woman staying in his hotel and he told her it was ‘ridiculous’ he had nobody to talk to.”

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Flirty women get the best car deals

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The next time you’re looking for a bargain, gentlemen, you might want to let your wife do the talking.

A study found that women who flirt while negotiating the price of a car can secure a substantial discount.

But, rather unsurprisingly, the ploy only worked when the seller was male.

UK and US researchers carried out a series of experiments on the merits – and drawbacks – of feminine charm.

This was defined as combining warmth and friendliness with playfulness, flattery and sexiness.

In one experiment, around 100 men and women were told to imagine they were selling a car worth £750 (R9600). They were then given written details of a possible female buyer.

Half received a description of a woman who flirted through the negotiation.

Her tactics included looking the seller up and down, leaning forward and touching the seller’s arm, flattering the seller and, finally, winking when asking for his or her best price. The other half read a description of a much more business-like transaction.

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‘Having sex in the field is the life’

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Johannesburg – Overcrowded living space in some areas of KwaZulu-Natal is forcing people to have sex in the veld or on staircases of buildings, it was reported on Monday.

Residents of Mariannridge outside Pinetown claimed their council-owned flats were so overcrowded that when they felt the urge they headed out into the veld, the Sowetan reported.

Some had even brought mattresses to avoid being pinched or nicked by spiky shrubs.

Jeanine Stanley, 28, told the newspaper that when she and her fiancé wanted to be alone the veld was the place to be.

“Having sex in the field is the life for many people here. You have to choose your spot first. People have sex everywhere, but not in the flats because there are children,” Stanley was quoted as saying.

Like most people in the area Stanley’s family have been sharing an overcrowded flat since 2001.

Most couples shared a flat with their in-laws, with some families sharing their two-bed-room flats with up to 17 people.

While the people of Mariannridge felt there was nothing wrong with having sex in a field, they did feel the problem could be solved if government gave them RDP houses, according to the report.

For the past three weeks the community had protested against service delivery backlogs.

Municipal spokesman Thabo Mofokeng said the issue of overcrowding in the flats was being addressed. – Sapa

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8 thoughts on “NEWS

  1. thabiso i second you, Molelema is behind with everything, No shops, no roads, atms, garage, water etc. Roads at molelema are ruining our cars.maybe we need to protest to get better service delivery. i don’t even see the reason why we are voting. the only thing that our government did for us since 1994 is
    the electricity. Please guys do something about molelema, khudutlou
    kokomeng, mothanthanyaneng, longaneng, graspan and morokweng


  2. To everyone who contributed to this site I wanna give you guys a round of applause, this is a powerful idea that if used appropriately can benefit our motherland Taung tremendously. I can imagine the effort you put to ensure that you keep people of Taung informed, I can imagine the sleepless night endured to put a site like this together, guys keep the good work up and I just hope for the best with this idea and thanks for the contribution to our youth till this far. “Ngwana wa kgomo tshwara thata esere o utlwa sebodu wa kgaoga”


  3. We are suffering @ molelema with road. I’m scared to go home because the minute i reached home my car gives me problem, i can’t even drive to town when i’m @ home. As a youth i would like to see a better road (TAREROAD) frm molelema to Taung.


  4. I have a young sister who left a child of 4months with my grandmother two years ago,at lokaleng her name is bonolo mess,since I met her at mafikeng last year,at grazeland pub.and the time she saw me she ran away,so I asked his friends,we they stays they told me,but I didn’t fint that place,she was with his cousin naomi dickson,so pls anyone who knows where she is,pls tell him to come home,


  5. Im very happy as a youth of Taung. This is motivating us indeed, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe already done so much to our people. We appriciate this a lot. Kgalalelo Bareng FROM MANTHESTAD.


    • Sputla, ‘mayor of nyaope’

      Angry hawkers who have been removed from the streets of the Pretoria inner city by metro police gathered outside council headquarters on Thursday, claiming mayor Kgosientso (Sputla) Ramokgopa was the “mayor of nyaope” (a concoction of dagga and heroin).

      Their chants were backed by accusations that, while metro police clamped down on street vendors selling mostly fruits and vegetables, drug dealers were allowed to roam free.

      Charmaine Makgalathiba, an 18-year-old woman whose aunt, Margaret Makgalathiba, sells nuts on the city’s streets, says she does not feel safe when she walks along Brown Street, because of robbers and drug dealers.

      “If selling on the street is illegal, then why are the people selling drugs not stopped as well?” she asked.

      We voted for him (Ramokgopa) and now he is drunk on power, Tshwane Informal Traders Forum (TITF) member Shoes Maloka told the crowd of marchers brandishing papers that read, “ANC give back our votes” and “DA is our last hope”.

      “There are people selling nyaope in the city until 11 at night and he (Ramokgopa) cannot catch them. But he wants to remove us for selling food. He must be smoking nyaope himself,” he Maloka said.

      Ramokgopa was the one sending cops to chase hawkers from the streets, he said.

      Juliette Ngobeni, who sells a variety of fruits and snacks on the corner of Thabo Sehume (Andries) and Minnaar streets, spoke of her concern: “They do not want us to sell. And we have to pay for more than one licence to sell in one spot, where there is not even shelter from the rain.”
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